Re: Re[2]: [tied] searching for common words for all today's langua

From: P&G
Message: 43284
Date: 2006-02-07

>I have 90 monosyllables at
>Prove that any _one_ (sic!) of these ... is unlikely.

Pardon me butting into your debate.
I do not even need to read the list, and the proof is already in front of
you - because of sound changes and changes in meaning, most similarities
today will be due to either coincidence, borrowing, or onomatopoeia, or any
other cause except genetic linkage. That means the handful of genuine
genetic links left (if there aer any) will be swamped by the other material,
and be unrecoverable.

In any case, it is a platitude that you should be looking not for
look-alikes, but for phonetic patterning.